Apple launched its higher-quality audio/DRM-Free store iTunes Plus (as in “Plus” thirty cents) this week to the delight of some and the disappointment of others — but for those still into the whole pay-to-play music thing (we salute you), this is the start of something beautiful. Just don’t go sharing those tracks with the internet just yet. Via ars technica:
With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the situation with Apple’s new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user’s full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.
Of course embedding user info into purchased tracks is nothing new for iTunes, but nobody was thinking about sharing DRMed tracks. According to ars technica, you can strip the DRM by converting to MP3, but then you’ll degrade that enhanced audio quailty you’re dropping dimes for. Until LifeHacker gets their mitts on it, consider this your DRM-Free-to-P2P PSA.